Recent developments in agricultural research


Key Trends Since 2002

• Economic decline significantly constrained agricultural research and development (R&D) in Zimbabwe during 2002–08.

• Research spending and staffng levels at Zimbabwe’s main agricultural research agency, the Department of Research and Specialist Services (DR&SS), declined considerably after 2003, in turn reducing DR&SS’ share of national agricultural R&D capacity.

• The share of researchers at DR&SS with postgraduate qualifications, at only 15 percent in 2008, is very low compared with other agricultural research agencies in the country or with other main agricultural R&D agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

• Most donors suspended their funding of agricultural R&D in Zimbabwe by 2003.


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